Hello I'm Mike Manley, welcome to my studio Blog. I am veteran comic and animation artist and I created and edit Draw! Magazine. This blog is a chronicle of what's happening in my studio. Follow my process and path as an painter, cartoonist and teacher and find out how they inform and enrich each other!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Interview and Tapioca Pudding at the Comic Book Diner
Comic Book Diner Podcast by my pals Jamar, Rich and John, They have the first part of the interview up now.
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Labels: Comic Book Diner, Mike Manley
Sunday, November 18, 2012
PAFA MFA1: Week-11-12
Exploring my own personal mythology as it were, the tenuous nature of things, entropy and the difficult to codify, the mythology of the house. I have also really fallen back in love with drawing and want to spen a lot of time exploring drawng again as well as painting. I think for the last several years as I became a better painter and that became my main focus I sort of left drawing just for my comic work. But having the Drawing Seminar and really getting into the drawings of Andrew Wyeth as well as Edwin Dickenson I feel really energized about drawing again. Its so simple, you, a pencil and a piece of paper. The drawing above is the latest big drawing I completed of on of the abandoned houses out off of Route 1. I have many more drawings planned of these abandoned homes as I continue to explore the current theme I am working through.
More pictures from the 9th floor and the gang studio.
Here is another drawing I did in pencils as I watched the election returns with my fingers crossed. Its in a B pencil on Strahmore and I just started with the coke bottle and let te drawing grow out without planning it. I am finding this process of just letting the drawing grow organically a turn-on at this moment. Below you can see my studio at the moment, I call it my "Submarine Studio". I have two sides, like in an old submarine movie, a drawing side and painting side and work back and forth. I do really miss my old studio on the 4th floor, and look forward to getting a better studio next year, but for now I'll have to make due and end up working at home a lot more.
My friend Kathrine checks out the work on my wall outside of my studio and a few fellow students check out what I have going on inside. Everyone comments on the amount of stuff I have in my studio--I know!
Over the Thanksgiving break I plan on working as much as I can, I still have a 20 minute presentation to finish for my Writing and Research Seminar with Kevin Richards so I need to get that cooking to!
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Sunday, November 04, 2012
PAFA MFA1: Week 10--A Washout
Well as everybody knows Hurricane sandy came in this week and wrecked shop, literally! But with the storm building and on the way last Saturday I hit NYC for the day to see the Art Students league, The Met and some galleries in Chelsea, many of which are now sadly wiped out by the storm.
Classes were canceled on Monday and Tuesday and so the week was spent dealing with deadlines and shifting complications. I did manage to catch up a bit on my writing assignments and keep on my deadline with Judge Parker as I feared my power would go out any second! Luckily it just flickered but didn't go out but there was just a lot of mess.
The NYC trip via the Megabus was great, especially visiting the league which I had never visited before. The newly refurbished American Wing at the Met was stunning, the work was so well displayed.
Chelsea right before the storm rolled in, a lot of people were out and about.
The walls in Chelsea were always interesting.
Here I am in front of my wall on First FridayWill and I mug for the camera.
Friday was also the opening of the groups show at Rodger laPelle. I have nine pieces in the show and it was great to see a lot of my fellow classmates, friends and MFA 1 buddies come out to the show. It was also great to be in the show with two of my best friends and fellow Dirty Palette Club members Lexi and Will. The show runs through the end of December so anyone interested should be able to get to see it. This week we sign up for our classes and critics for next semester--this one seemed to zip so fast I can imagine the next will go faster. I'll blink and it will be summer--which after last week will be OK with me. This week all the classes will be back and I'll be back in the studio starting some new, larger paintings and drawings.
Jenn Warpole, William Sentman, Robert Stack, Mike Manley and Al Gury
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Labels: Art Students League, Chelsea Galleries, First Fridays Philly, MFA 1, Michael Cole Manley, PAFA MASTERS PROGRAM, Rodger LaPelle
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